Need to know: the top stories for Asia comms, media and marketing pros on Thursday, 11/2/16

Singapore MoD hires PR lead; Twitter reshuffles the timeline; Hakuhodo DY buys stake in Ideo; better smartphone battery life; Twitter consulting on safety; climate change and longer flights; the link between oil and beer

Twitter has made fundmental changes to its offering, namely the timeline (keiyac/Flickr)
Twitter has made fundmental changes to its offering, namely the timeline (keiyac/Flickr)

Singapore MoD hires Asia PR Werkz for new campaign

Local agency will handle all PR work around Ministry of Defence's 'Total Defence 2016' project.

Twitter reorganises timeline promising brands: 'The best content shines through'

Twitter has announced the launch of "an improved timeline to help people see tweets that are important to them" - but it will initially be optional rather than universal, as had been reported by media and feared by some users.

Hakuhodo DY invests in Ideo to build innovative capabilities

Hakuhodo DY Holdings' international operating division kyu has bought a 30 per cent equity stake in Ideo, one of the world’s most respected design firms.

Your phone could soon have a 1-week battery life

It's one of the biggest frustrations of modern life: reaching for your smartphone to make that crucial call or vital email, only to find its battery is already flat.

Twitter's plan to make users feel safer

Twitter has created a council to advise it how it can make its users feel safer on the social media platform.

Will climate change extend your flight?

The effects of climate change could extend transatlantic flights, according to researchers from the University of Reading.

Why the low oil price is hurting... beer

Low oil prices are hitting Heineken in petroleum-producing but the chief executive of the world's third-largest brewer told CNBC that the company and its key brand of lager still have "miles to grow."

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